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COVID-19 in Malta: it’s good to be green

Health minister and deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced that Malta is in an extremely positive ranking, with regards to the 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate.

What does that mean, we hear you ask? Not to worry, we asked the very same question. The notification rating is taken per 100,00 population, and includes the 14-day notification rate of reported deaths per million population, by week and country. The 14-day notification rate of reported COVID-19 cases is based on data collected by ECDC Epidemic Intelligence from several sources.

Malta found itself sitting comfortably in the ‘green box’, which means that it has just a <4% positivity rate and only <25 in the 14 day notification rate (per 100,000 population).

Our little island is among the very few countries sitting in this zone, with the majority of countries within the EU scoring orange or red, signifying that they have a much greater positivity rate.

Large parts of Germany, France, Spain, as well as parts of Italy, Latvia and Sweden are situated in the red zone. Other countries such as most of Norway, Finland and parts of Poland and Romania are in the orange zones.

It’s no doubt that Malta’s vaccination rate and herd immunity achievement earlier this week, which have contributed to Malta ranking in the green zone, as the health measures in place and people getting inoculated is having the desired affect, of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Let’s hope we stay in the green zone forever and a day!